The Old Number One

History of Club

The ROTARY CLUB OF CALCUTTA now in its 96th year was organised on the 26th September 1919 and received its Charter on 1st January 1920 (charter No. 587)
At its inception it was the only Rotary club between the English Channel and the South China Seas, there being only two others in Asia, viz. Manila and Shanghai, both organised in 1919 a few months prior to Calcutta.

However Manila became inoperative for four years during World War II and Shanghai having gone out of existence after the 1935 communist takeover, has only recently been granted a provisional status. This makes our club the longest continuing Rotary club in Asia with 95 years of uninterrupted service.
We held our 4500th Regular Weekly meeting on 22-July-2014. Indeed, we can claim to be in existence even before Rotary officially changed its name to "Rotary International” in 1922. We are also one of the few clubs having its unique Presidential badge. The emblem itself depicts in red, the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self". Below is a crown reminiscent of the British legacy of 1919. Two adjutant storks, typical of the Gangetic plains stand guard on either side. Inside are two green palm trees - commonly found in these parts. We see the British Lion insignia in red in between and below it a sailing ship which connected Calcutta with distant shores. At the bottom is the Presidential motto inscribed in Latin, "Per Ardua Stabiles Esto." (Be firm in adversity).

Key Officials 2019-20

Rtn Purnendu Roychowdhury
Rtn Anusua Das
Centenary Committee
Rtn PP Saumen Ray
Paul Harris

Along with Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey, he founded the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905 and was elected its president in 1907....

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Rotary Club of Calcutta Centenary (2019-2020) Club Specific Programme

100th Installation on 2nd July 2019
26th September 2019-100th Foundation Day Celebration
Club Centenary Convention
  •  31st December 2019 – Morning: Free Time for Tourists’ Calcutta sight seeing,  Evening:  Cultural Programme & New Years Eve Party
  •  1st January 2020 -100thCharter Day Celebration - release of Postage Stamp, and main events followed by Evening Fellowship and Dinner
  •  2nd January Morning – Golf Tournament  &  Vintage car Show, Felicitation of Showcase projects in teams, & Cultural evening by International  and Sponsored Clubs
3rd January –Travel to Santinikentan ( 300 km from Kolkata) and Free time for  sight seeing,; 4thJanuary 2020 –Seminar in Santiniketan

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  • Mercy Hospital
  • Howrah South Point Bridge School

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Partner Clubs appreciation for Rtn Purnendu,President 2019-20 Marcy Hospital
Club Assembly
Rabindra Nath Tagore Hospital
Ayodhya School Hostel Block Work in Progress
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RCC Bishnupur

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